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Postgame Quotes from K-State vs. Pittsburg State


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Nov. 1, 2013

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Head Coach Bruce Weber
Opening statement...
"I thought it was good for us, obviously to get all of the guys out in front of a crowd.  We are a new team and we have got a lot of new faces plus the older guys have changed their roles.  It takes a while to adjust.  We have had a lot of injuries and because of that practice has been choppy.  There have been days where we have had Will [Spradling], Nino [Williams], and Shane [Southwell] all out.  That is just part of it, we have to deal with it.  I thought the freshmen did a good job.  Marcus [Foster] had a little bit of jitters but really got going and Nigel [Johnson] made some plays, but we have said all along that our older guys have to be our consistent people.  They have got to be the ones driving the wagon and the freshmen have to jump in for the ride.  If that doesn't happen then we are going to struggle as we get deep into the season.  I think Nino has been practicing really hard and he has been very consistent.  He has given us great numbers, so I am proud of him.  We have got to keep them doing that.  We have got to get something out of D.J. [Johnson] and Nino and hopefully because we are small, we can get something on the boards.  We have got to give credit to [Devon] Branch, he is a heck of a player.  30 points and 16 rebounds, which is pretty great numbers in anybody's book.  Officiating, it is what it is.  It is there to stay and we have got to deal with it.  The only thing we that have got to figure out, and somebody has to figure out, is what to do when somebody puts their shoulder down and drives it.  You have got to be able to hold your ground a little bit. They have a tough job and we have got a tough job.  We are all going to have to adjust and see where it goes."  

On how the freshmen played...
"They were all in double figures, I think.  I think those three guys and even Jack [Karapetyan], I think he has only practiced a week and he did some good things for us.  I love the rebounds, Marcus got some rebounds.  We need him to rebound.  We did not shoot from three very well.  We had some open looks and they had some open looks too.  I think some of that is conditioning as it goes, but we saw some good things from all of those guys, but obviously we have to get better and have good consistent play from our older guys."

On injury statuses...
"I said the other day, we have had knees, we have had shoulders, we have had every injury possible.  I hope that nobody else gets it.  Nino has been boogered up and has missed practice.  Shane has been hurt, Will has been hurt, Marcus has missed a couple of practices, Nigel's broken foot, shoulders, toes and knees.  We have had to deal with a bunch of stuff and I am sure everyone else around the country is too."

Freshman Guard Marcus Foster
On playing in his first game...
"It felt real good, I am glad I got my first game out of the way. I think it was a big success on all of our parts. Now it is time to get ready for next week."

On his dunk...
"I was debating when I was coming up if I was going to dunk it or lay it in. I wanted to give the fans what they wanted."

Junior Forward Nino Williams
On his rebounding effort...
"I just knew (Thomas) Gipson was not going to play. Since he was going to be out Coach (Weber) told me to play hard and go hard on the boards and he told me to play hard on every possession and crash the boards. All five guys went to the boards and I was happy that I got most of them."

On being ready for next week...
"I think if we play hard, play well like we scrimmaged against Iowa, I think by game time next week we will be ready. We have a lot more to learn and get better at, but we will be ready by next weekend."

On importance of free throws...
"Making free throws is huge. Coach said every other play is a foul, I think at about the fifteen minute mark we already had seven fouls and it was already in the one-in-one."

Head Coach Kevin Muff
On the game...
"I thought we played hard but I thought we were poor in handling how K-State defended us. Our point guard play was not very good. We turned the ball over way too much. We did not do a good job of guarding their motion which I thought was going to be very difficult for us. We have had two weeks of practice and have not seen anything like that on a consistent basis. It was good for us but it is the opposite of what we do on offense. But the thing that I was most proud of was how we battled on the glass. That is one thing that, going into tonight, I thought we would have trouble with because they are such a good rebounding team. We fought, battled and never gave up. We got some things out of it that we needed to get out of it. We will continue to improve and I hope K-State got something out of it, too."

On playing at a Division I school like K-State...
"It is something that they will never forget. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It is going to be something that they can show their children. Playing in front of a crowd like tonight, and like on Tuesday night, there is just not much you can do to replicate that, so we took advantage of it. K-State was very gracious about having us and letting us have  that opportunity. Hopefully, this is something that we can continue to do."

On Devon Branch's performance ...
"When you look down our stat line, the good and bad of it is that he led us is scoring and rebounding which we knew he was capable of doing and that is great. But the one of the bad sides is that we only had six field goals from everybody else, which is frustrating. The thing that Devon has got to learn is that he can score those points but he had zero assists. So there has got to be a fine line there. Obviously, we are not going to take away from what Devon can do. He shot a high percentage tonight. But when teams start double-teaming him, he has got to be able to make that pass and we have got the guys that can knock it down. We obviously did not show that tonight, but I promise you that we have got some guys that can shoot it."

Junior Guard Devon Branch
On what he was able to do against K-State's defense...
"I was able to get downhill more than I thought I would be able to. K-State started helping over a little bit and the emphasis was to get downhill more and get them into foul trouble early in the game."

On what it meant to his team to play in Bramlage Coliseum...
"It was a great experience for us. I think it is what we needed because we knew we have a good team; we just needed to be pushed around a little more to bring out the best in us. I think we will be pretty good once the season starts."

On where the team needs to improve...  
"We need to improve on our transistion defense, talking on defense and on our rebounding."

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